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Online programs and virtual tours continue while CAC tours are currently suspended and the Center is closed, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines from the State of Illinois.

This tour helps you discover the western portion of the Riverwalk, starting at the Vietnam Memorial near State Street. As we walk to Lake Street, hear how this linear park—called Chicago’s new coastline by some—has become a magnet for outdoor recreation.

1.5 Hours
River-level, Vietnam Memorial near State St.

This tour visits the six "rooms" or locations where people can walk, sit, eat and drink while enjoying the view of passing boats and kayaks. See magnificent and iconic buildings along the way, including Merchandise Mart, site of the unique Art on the Mart display. Understand how the Riverwalk was built—and why.

  • Advance reservations are required for this tour.
  • The tour ends at the Riverbank “room” between Franklin and Lake Streets on the Riverwalk level.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.

Upcoming Riverwalk West Tours

Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email